Soft Metals DJ SET
Immerse yourself in the moody experimental post-punk of Captured Tracks artist The Soft Moon.
8:30pm | $10.00 advance $12.00 day of show
Luis Vasquez never intended for The Soft Moon to reach the public's ears; for him, music has always been about self-actualization rather than self- aggrandizement. Nevertheless, the bleak, hushed sounds he created years ago in his small Oakland apartment bubbled to the surface and 2010 saw his debut LP, The Soft Moon, released on Captured Tracks rise to critical acclaim. Pitchfork's 8.1 review stated that Vasquez made "oblivion seems like an enticing prospect" and, indeed, listeners were immediately drawn into his murky musical wasteland, swathed in the moody atmospheres of jagged dark wave and wayfaring post-punk. For them, and for Vasquez, there was no turning back. The Total Decay EP and Zeros emerged soon after, and now Vasquez returns with The Soft Moon's most introspective and focused album to date: Deeper.
Following live line-up changes and a lull in the The Soft Moon's constant touring schedule, the year 2013 found Luis Vasquez lost in the void. Though he fatalistically stated that 2012's Zeros would be the last album where he was the sole songwriter, Vasquez realized that The Soft Moon has always been one man's vision. Over time, it's been the one place where Vasquez can express himself, totally and singularly, on his own terms.
Thus, in July of 2013, Vasquez decamped from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, unsure of where The Soft Moon would land. While Zeros was written and recorded between long days on the road, Deeper was begat from an almost primal urge to recoil from the world and experience total solitude. During the writing process, Vasquez pushed himself to discover the reality and nightmare of living with yourself, in entirely foreign surroundings with nothing and no one to fall back on.
Stepping back and letting inspiration fall where it may, Vasquez only had one goal in mind for his third album: to pen his most emotional record yet. Between frequent visits to Berlin, Vasquez retreated to Venice's Hate Studios, located in the mountains near electronic guru and spiritual anchor Giorgio Moroder's hometown.
At Hate, he worked for almost a year with producer Maurizio Baggio to piece together Deeper, only completing the album in August 2014. While maintaining the stark sonic formula so indicative of The Soft Moon's music -- that bass that reeks of chorus, those unrelenting, mechanized beats, that wailing synthesizer and those eerily, angular guitar lines that worm into your ears and never leave --
Bagio also worked to refine the album's gothic palette, leaving Vasquez to concentrate more intensely on songwriting and singing than ever before:
"I've never worked so closely with someone before. Working with Maurizio felt right and I completely opened up to him during the entire process. I finally felt the urge to express myself more verbally with this record and I was able to focus more on songwriting rather than just experimenting with soundscapes."
The voice of The Soft Moon has never been more clear and honest than it is on this record. With eerie, immersive tracks like the dogged "Far" and slow, beautifully melancholic "Wasting" (the first track written for Deeper), the album is a penetrating portrait of Vasquez as he wrestles thoughts of suicide, vulnerability and what it means to heal. By facing the most hopeless parts of himself without illusion and putting his past demons to bed, the creation of Deeper was an intense personal exploration of existence for Vasquez -- old wounds were forcibly opened, deep anger and paranoia were manipulated into song -- and he did not emerge unchanged. Deeper may have delivered Vasquez back to the waking world, but it willingly drags us further into The Soft Moon's dark, euphonic universe once more.
Don't miss the Mercury Prize-winning act Young Fathers!
8:30pm | $12.00 advance $14.00 day of show
Young Fathers begin their first headline tour of the world, beginning in the USA in April, to coincide with the release of their new album, White Men Are Black Men Too.
The tour will continue into the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Far East.
The new album is the follow up to their prize-winning debut, DEAD and is described as 'sounding as if you are in the room during recording, possibly experiencing a little existential trauma'.
In a 5 star live review of their last London show, the Guardian said 'they generate a synchronised anarchy that is frequently jaw-dropping'.
Karl Kling LIVE
We're delighted to host Karl Kling of RAC fame, with a new solo album and new live set!
8:30pm | $7.00 day of show
Portland's Karl Kling makes "warm, bouncy synth-pop" (All Things Go). Stepping out of RAC to explore his own musical stylings, Karl utilizes his wealth of production talents and takes over the mic to lay down his own vocals. Karl's debut LP was released March 3rd via Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records.
Todd Edwards (i! Records)
Kahn (Gorgon Sound, Deep Medi, Young Echo)
Come celebrate the 5 year anniversary and grand finale of Portland dance music institution Bubblin with two of their favorite past headliners!
9pm | $12.00 advance
House legend, Daft Punk collaborator, and Grammy winner Todd Edwards is known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swung beats and lively disco-flavored baselines.
Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, his four-to-the-floor beats have earned him a passionate following. In addition to his own legendary productions, Edwards has remixed Daft Punk, Phoenix, Justice, Matthew Dear, Hot Chip, Spank Rock, Boris, Appaloosa, Klaxons, Surkin, Robin S, Zoot Woman, St. Germain, and Dimitri From Paris.
Edwards is the only artist Daft Punk has collaborated with twice: he sang, co-wrote, and co-produced "Face to Face" from Daft's 2001 album 'Discovery' and "Fragments of Time" from Daft's 2013 album 'Random Access Memories,' for which he received a Grammy.
Hailing from Bristol (U.K) and having grown up immersed in the city's renowned culture of sound systems, punk rock and hip hop; Kahn is at the forefront of the new wave of Bristol producers and DJs.
From his first vinyl releases in 2011 on cult record label Punch Drunk Records to his more recent cuts on Mala's Deep Medi label, Kahn has established himself as one of the most diverse producers of his generation.
His production style tends to draw influence from dub reggae, early 2000's grime, digital dancehall, UK steppers and music from across the 140bpm spectrum. As part of the Young Echo collective, Kahn has also explored other areas of electronic music and incorporates his own vocals and instrumentation into his sound.
As a DJ, Kahn keeps true to the traditions of sound system culture with sets full of dubplates and versions. Whether performing solo as Kahn, alongside fellow grime producer and DJ Neek or as Gorgon Sound (dub and dancehall project also with Neek), it's always a dubplate and vinyl operation.
9pm | $10.00 day of show
From its humble beginnings in 2002 as a small birthday party for a few friends, Booty Bassment has grown into one of California's best dance parties. Veteran DJs Dimitri Dickinson and Ryan Poulsen have turned this night into a success with monthly installments in San Diego, San Francisco, and Portland.
XRAY.FM and Holocene present...
8:30pm | $12.00 day of show
Doldrums began in 2010 amidst the fleetingly chaotic atmosphere of the Montreal noise scene, emerging with a genre blending sound built on rampant sampling and a sci-fi obsessed aesthetic. Doldrums came to the attention of listeners around the world after contributing the B-side to Portishead's 2010 single 'Chase the Tear'. They signed to Berlin label Souterrain Transmissions in 2012, releasing the "Egypt" 12" EP, that recontextualized the noisey experimentation of the Montreal noise scene into an ambitious, eight minute warehouse club jam, as well as contributing production work to other albums in the montreal community including Grimes' 'Visions' and Cadence Weapon's 'Hope in Dirt City'. In 2013 Doldrums released their first full length, 'Lesser Evil' on Montreal label Arbutus Records.
Now working on their follow up release (release date TBA), the band has magnified the scale of their sound to accommodate bigger stages while touring rigorously over the last 2 years. Originally the solo project of artist Airick Woodhead, the live band now includes regular collaborators Guy Dallas, Flow Child and his brother Daniel Benjamin. The new material bursts with energy and casts Airick as a frontman rather than a producer, his eerie falsetto rising above the controlled chaos onstage.
Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator Maddy Wilde have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic. Many of their songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, reveling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Moon King released two EP's, Obsession I and II on Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk's label One Big Silence, re-released in Europe by Tough Love Records in the fall of 2013, and are working on their debut full-length.